The Australian Community Development and Civil Society Strengthening Scheme (ACCESS) is a civil society strengthening program that works with selected organisations (CSOs) to demonstrate that active community participation together with responsive governments will improve service delivery and generate better local development. ACCESS supports a range of activities initiated by local communities, with a specific focus on marginalized groups, including the poor and women.
The Australian Aid funded Program focuses on empowering communities, particularly women and the poor, so
that they can engage in a positive and meaningful
way with the local government to ensure that
essential services and priorities of the poor and
women are adequately met.
Pak Raden has always been of the opinion that local
patriarchal culture and interpretations of the Al
Koran, the holy book of Islam, read more
“Poverty alleviation is an important aspect in development programs and requires collaboration between government and its citizens. The example we have seen in Lombok shows how communities can really drive their own development and collaborate effectively with government in a synergistic way. From a program aspect, we can clearly see how the principles of participation, transparency and accountability have been successfully applied by citizens who are truly empowered. The government of Timor Leste is very interested in the Participatory Planning and Budgeting approach of ACCESS”